Two different apple picking experiences are within a 45 minutes to one hour drive from Croton. In Brewster, at Salinger's Orchard, you can buy different sized picking bags and rent a extension pole, then set off around the orchard by foot. At Salinger's there is also a Farm Market & Bakery, where yes, you can drink cider and eat freshly made donuts. The apple picking season runs from the beginning of September to the end of October (check their website for variety pick dates).
Salingers Orchards Inc., 230 Guinea Rd., Brewster NY
Phone (845) 277-3521 | Web Site: www.salingersorchard.com
Within a hour by way of the Tacaonic Parkway North, is Barton Orchards in Dutchess County. The much larger Barton Orchards offers a wide variety of Fall activities like pony rides, live country music on the weekends, hay rides out to the apple orchards and pumpkin patches for pick-your-own, and acres of farm land, with majestic rural views, to explore by foot. Children will also enjoy the huge playgound and friendly penned farm animals.
Barton Orchards, 63 Apple Tree Lane, Poughquag NY
Phone (845) 471-2879 | Web Site: www.bartonorchards.com